I’ve been a fan of my guest on this installment of the podcast since first seeing him compete on Lion Fight back in 2016.  Please enjoy this special video version of the podcast as I connect with my guest via Skype from across the ocean in Amsterdam, the world capital of Kickboxing.

Duration: 43 minutes

Representing the famed Sityodtong Amsterdam Muay Thai camp is Regian Eersel, who has made a name for himself as a Lion Fight Super Middleweight World Champion and an MFC Kickboxing World Champion.

Regian is originally from Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America, but his family moved to Amsterdam when he was 4 years old for better opportunities. He first began his martial arts journey by training in taekwondo at the age of 8, having taken up the art for self-defense and to burn off extra energy. After experiencing success in in taekwondo competition, as well as in amateur kickboxing, Regian decided to turn professional, and has since experienced an incredible record of success across the globe. Renowned for making full use of his long limbs to land kicks and flying knees, “The Immortal” has built a reputation as an incredibly exciting talent to watch, and now looks to entertain the world in ONE Super Series.

Regian Eersel pictured here alongside Sityodtong Amsterdam fight team mate and friend Sergio Wielzen

Check out our friends just north of us in Canada on all that’s happening in their exploding Muay Thai scene by tuning into The Bloody Ballet Podcast

Hosted by Ryan Mckinnon

This episode features my conversation with one of the most feared young fighters making waves around the planet in both the Muay Thai and Kickboxing circuits.  Regian Eersel aka The Immortal is the current Lion Fight Super Middleweight World Champion and I spent some time with Regian and his trainer Paul learning more about what it feels like to be a world champion at only 24 years of age and how the American Muay Thai scene appears from his perspective in Holland, the world capital of Kickboxing.  We get into “the Dutch style” and is it as hardcore as everyone says it is?  We go deep behind some of his most memorable fights and experience some of those fights from his perspective inside the mayhem.  Tune in for Episode 11 with special guest Glory world champion, gym owner, entrepreneur and father of five Richard “Maximus” Abraham from Maxiumus Muay Thai in Itasca, IL.  Live well, love much, laugh often and train hard.  Sawasdee krap.

photo by Bennie Palmore | www.benniepalmore.com

Lion Fight 50 was an immeasurable gift as I have been a fan of Lion Fight since first ever coming into contact with The Art of Eight Limbs.

Regian and his trainer Kru Paul landed in Los Angeles for what became yet another successful title defense for the young world champion.  I was honored to photograph Regian and other fighters on the night backstage as they wrapped up, warmed up and prepared to do battle for the fans and the cameras.  Super photographer Bennie Palmore blessed me with the group shot above where I’m flanking the group on the left side of the image.  I was an honorary member of Regian’s Team Immortal that night.  It was my very first time cornering a fighter ringside.  Image that.  The first time ever in such a scenario and it happens alongside one of the best fighters on the planet at the top of his game on a nationally televised fight promotion.  Terms like “thankful and appreciative” simply fail to justly express my gratitude.  This is a wonderful sport that continues to give back the more and more I give to her.  If only life were as kind.

Follow Regian Eersel on Instagram @koolhydraat and his fight team @SityodtongAmsterdam Regian is still polishing his Lion Fight Super Middleweight belt on the regular and is making waves on the ONE Championship world combat stage.  Join me for my next conversation with Glory Kickboxing world champion, gym owner, entrepreneur and father of five Richard “Maximus” Abraham of Maximus Muay Thai in Itasca, IL.

Go HERE for the full set of images from Lion Fight 50 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Nov. 03, 2018.

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